The Look

It's amazing how something like blogging can bring out the best and worst in us. My life is filled with this swing of emotions. One minute I am so frustrated because I will never reach the status of a certain blogger or I will never have "the look" or no matter how hard I work, it will never be good enough. But then I find myself swinging the complete opposite way, too. How blessed I am to have made it this far, blogging has brought me to a place I never thought possible and helped me connect with people I never would have had a chance to meet, otherwise.

I was reading an old guest post I had done, years ago, and I was surprised by the words I had written. At the time they must have felt true, but in the moment I was re-reading it, years later, it was something I needed to hear, something I was struggling with now. I may not have "the look", nor will I ever, but who cares? "The Look" is boring. I am unique! I don't look like all of the other bloggers, I look like ME, I stand out.

As I thought about that, I pictured some other bloggers, whom I admire and look up to, one's who don't necessarily have "the look". I was suddenly struck by the confidence they exude, even through their blogs. Their uniqueness is exactly why I love them, so much! They are sure of themselves and of their style. It's something I need to be better at and try to emulate.

So if you have "the look" or if you don't, if you are tall or short, thin, curvy, athletic, blonde, brunette, red-headed, raven, freckled, flawless skin; whatever- just be true to you. Your differences make you beautiful. Your differences are what inspire others, they're what inspire me.

collared sweater- c/o sheinside
leggings- agnes & dora
necklace- c/o the land of salt
rings- c/o prismera / fifth & mae / style lately / loopsway / grandma's

This collared sweater is from SheInside and I love it! I have always really liked the collared shirt with a sweater look, but sometimes it can be uncomfortable to wear. This faux collar gives the same look without me having to wear two layers. It's like two shirts in one, plus it is really comfortable.

Do you have any tricks to making layered looks more comfortable?


Throwback Making A Comeback

When I was little, my mom and grandma had a small boutique called TNTee (Terri & Nadene Tshirts). It actually did very well and people loved their designs. While it was short lived, we still see people wearing their shirts every now and then (rarely, but it has happened). This sweatshirt happens to be one of the few pieces still in our possession and possibly in existence, it's just one of the designs they had. The artwork was all done by my mom or grandma, they were very 90's, which is part of their brilliance; I wish I had a copy of their catalogue, I'd post pictures, for sure! I keep telling them they need to bring them back and they'd be a big hit (leave a comment if you'd buy one).

I must have been in a big throwback mood while I was writing this post, because I had a sudden urge to listen to Phil Collins... I'll admit, Sussudio is one of my favorite songs of all time, as is In The Air Tonight. So I looked up a playlist and have been jamming out ever since. It made sense to listen to some music I grew up listening to, while editing a post about a piece from my childhood.

sweatshirt- TNTee
Shirt- madewell
Jeans- c/o lulus
shoes- sam edelman
watch- c/o daniel wellington
dainty silver rings- c/o fresh tangerine

Who else out there is a Phil Collins fan? Or, a better question would be- who out there is NOT a Phil Collins fan. Because if you say you're not, you're really just lying to yourself...


Technology and Me // Dell XPS 13

^As I usually blog from my bed, in my sweats, I figured this setting was fitting.

My parents have never cared too much for technology. While they appreciate it, and probably watch too much television, it's never really been "their thing". So when I was growing up, I'm pretty sure we were the last family on the block to actually have a computer. I used to have to use the library's computers or intrude upon my neighbors for my school work. When we finally did get a computer, it stayed with us, for years.... and years, and years, and years. One day (not that long ago), I finally just saved all of our important files on hard drives and pulled the computer apart. It was old, it was slow (painfully so), and it was outdated.

For someone who has been so used to living without the fancy technology, I find myself humbled to be surrounded by it, now. My old laptop died over the Summer and I had to replace it. I went for the MacBook Air, which I love! Then, I was offered a chance to try the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook, which has been compared to the MacBook Air, and I couldn't say no! For such a technological rookie, this has been quite the experiment!

The Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook is the smallest 13-inch on the planet, fitting a stunning 13.3 inch display on an 11 inch size laptop. I love how the screen reaches nearly to the edge of the laptop itself, it really helps to show off photos while I'm blogging and editing. It has the worlds first infinity display (on a laptop) and weighs a tiny 2.6 pounds. It has a high performance, it's the Dell XPS 13 Laptop with 5th Generation Intel Core Processor, industry leading battery life (with up to 15 hours + 7 with the Dell Power Companion), Quad HD Display that has 5.7 million pixels (which is over 4.4 more than the MacBook Air 13 with HD), easy inputs, and it consists of premium materials with maximum durability!

It really is such a beautiful laptop and I've enjoyed playing around with it! I had a few issues at the beginning, it's funny how used to Mac I became, even though it was my first Apple computer. But now that I've had time to play more, I really love it. The touch screen is a blast! It's like a tablet and a laptop, all in one.

I'll be posting more in a couple weeks where I'll show and talk more about the "fun" factor of this Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook!

Have you tried the new Dell XPS 13? It is perfect for those Individuals who travel a lot regardless of their profession and are looking for the best technology and a stylish design with the utmost mobility. Or for those who prioritize mobility but aren’t willing to give up the productivity of an attached keyboard (it also has a built in touch screen keyboard!) or larger screen.

You can buy your Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook HERE or HERE

#XPS @Dell @Intel


Memory Lane

As I was creating this post, I started to write about the weather... again... (*gag* I swear I don't talk about anything else, these days! So sorry about that). But I decided to tell you about the time I was in Tok, Alaska, instead. Because that memory decided to pay a visit, last night. I wasn't thinking about Alaska, I haven't even thought about this day for years... But sometimes I take spontaneous trips down memory lane, and I love it.

A few years ago, I stayed with my sister and her family in Alaska. We had driven from Utah and were spending the last night of our trip in Tok. It's a tiny town near the boarder of Alaska and Canada, it was the end of the season, so the place was practically deserted. We grabbed pizza at one of the only restaurants in town, bought some souvenirs for our parents (including a sweater that I don't think I ever actually let my mom wear... I decided it was mine, instead), and then headed to bed.

I wasn't sure if I'd ever get a chance to visit Alaska again, and I was determined to see the northern lights. I woke up every hour that night and stepped outside to see if they were visible. Around three o'clock in the morning, I gave up, unsuccessful and exhausted. The next day, we walked over to see the reindeer and baby sled dogs (which were adorable) before completing our journey to Anchorage, seeing wildlife and glaciers as we went.

That's it. That's the end of my story... While it's not much, I'm so glad that random night decided to revisit me. It definitely put a smile on my face and I was able to remember some small details I had forgotten. Like when the coyote ran across the road in front of us, or when we took pictures on the musher sled and my niece knelt in front of it, pretending to be a sled dog.

Do memories visit you at random? What memories did my story spark?

sweater- old (similar)
dress- old (similar)
tights- target
boots- c/o sven clogs
watch- c/o daniel wellington
prsim ring- c/o prismera

These boots are from Sven Clogs, and I love them, so much! The quality is impeccable, the style is so classic and timeless, and I can't get enough of this olive green color. I'll be hosting a giveaway for Sven Clogs, soon! So be sure to keep an eye out!


Inspired By My Childhood // Crispy M&M's Are Back

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CrispyIsBack #CollectiveBias

I'm definitely a nostalgic person; I love taking trips down memory lane, looking at old pictures, watching movies I haven't seen in years, and going through boxes of old treasures. There's nothing quite as memory inducing as taste and a simple smell is almost a form of time travel. Growing up, I had my favorite candies, like all children. But one of my very favorites were the M&M's® Crispy. I was so sad when they discontinued them, and while the pretzel M&M's® are a great substitution and equally delicious, I couldn't help but still miss the Crispy. That is... Until I found them at Walmart! That's right, everyone, M&M's® Crispy are back!

Eating these M&M's® sent me back to a simpler time; I felt like a kid again and I wanted to share that in a blog post. So I asked my mom to send me some pictures of when I was a child so I could recreate a childhood outfit. My mom always made sure I was looking my best, so I knew I'd have some great ones to choose from. We're talking big bangs, crimped hair, lots of 90's flare; the works!

Since I don't have the exact same clothing, this is more an "inspired by" look. (see the original photo below) I took inspiration from the red heart and wore it on my lips, instead. I still wore a lot of denim, but in a more modern way. The moto jacket helps to break up the all-denim look. I don't know what shoes I was wearing in the original outfit, so I went with a classic Mary Jane shoe, something I would have loved as a little girl. If my hair were still long, I would have had a little more fun with it. But since I just cut it, I couldn't really get away with the half-side-pony look.

That facial expression... some things never change...

jacket- gap (similar)
shirt- c/o lulu's (similar)
pants- jcrew
shoes- c/o sven clogs
lipstick- anthropology (color is "poppy, and I love it!)
rings- from my childhood (thought they were fitting)

What kind of M&M's® are your favorite?

P.S. See more great M&M's® Crispy recipe and party ideas on the M&M's® Crispy social hub where you can also download a coupon to save on your M&M's® purchase. I found the M&M's® Crispy in the "baking" aisle at Walmart where they come in a big bag. But they're also available in individual sizes at checkout (bonus- the individual packs are only 180 calories! perfect for a midday indulgence).
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